Battlefield 3 on consoles came with a pretty hefty optional install, that would enable the use of higher quality texture packs, resulting in overall better visuals on the aged machines. That’ll be no different for Battlefield 4 on the current consoles – only it’ll take up considerably more space.
In an FAQ post (via VG247), EA and DICE confirmed that the current-gen versions will require a mandatory installation of 2GB’s to even run the game, but that if you want them to look their best, you’ll have to install data from both of the discs you’ll get with the 360 version.
The first, multiplayer-centric disc will install an additional 6.6 GB of content, while the second campaign disc will fill your HDD with a further 5.8 GB of content. In total, that’s around 14GB’s of space you’ll need free to have the best Battlefield experience you can have on the 360.
"We highly recommend performing these additional installations to make sure you have the best experience possible in Battlefield 4," the FAQ says
This might account for why the current beta of the console versions look so poor; they don’t have the additional texture packs. Either way, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Battlefield 4, despite what EA and DICE would have you believe, just don’t compare to the game you’ll play on PC and next-generation consoles.
PC gamers, meanwhile, are scratching their heads thinking “It’s only 14 gigs! What’s the issue?”
Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 1 (29 October in North America), and will hit the next gen systems once they’re released. Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming just days later.
Last Updated: October 16, 2013